Putting a human face on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan

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AN FLINT WATER CRISIS

The water supply of the U.S. city of Flint, Michigan became poisoned after its water source was switched to cut costs. The result was a public health emergency, as thousands of residents were exposed to the contamination.

Correspondent Roee Ruttenberg traveled to Flint for “Americas Now.” He gives us an up-close look at the people and the politics behind the Flint Water Crisis. He also tells us about the community’s thirst for justice.

For months, residents of this once-booming industrial town have been blaming state officials for a water crisis they say should never have happened.

In April, prosecutors announced criminal charges against three government employees accused of covering up critical information about lead in Flint’s pipes. The people of Flint are demanding answers.

The source of water in Flint has now been changed back. But experts say it could still be another year before the lead that’s already in the pipe clears out.

On May 4th, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Flint, Michigan. He met with government officials including Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Karen Weaver. He also spoke to families affected by the water crisis and in a speech at Northwestern High School told residents “I’ve got your back.”

Watch Roee’s report below to find out more about the outrage, health risks and human toll caused by the Flint Water Crisis.

Putting a human face on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan

Putting a human face on the water crisis in Flint, Michigan

The water supply of the U.S. city of Flint, Michigan became poisoned after its water source was switched to cut costs. The result was a public health emergency, as thousands of residents were exposed to the contamination. Correspondent Roee Ruttenberg traveled to Flint for “Americas Now.” He gives us an up-close look at the people and the politics behind the Flint Water Crisis. He also tell us about the community’s thirst for justice. For months, residents of this once-booming industrial town have been blaming state officials for a water crisis they say should never have happened. In April, prosecutors announced criminal charges against three government employees accused of covering up critical information about lead in Flint’s pipes. The people of Flint are demanding answers. The source of water in Flint has now been changed back. But experts say it could still be another year before the lead that’s already in the pipe clears out. On May 4th, U.S. President Barack Obama visited Flint, Michigan. He met with government officials including Governor Rick Snyder and Mayor Karen Weaver. He also spoke to families affected by the water crisis and in a speech at Northwestern High School told residents “I’ve got your back.” Watch Roee’s report below to find out more about the outrage, health risks and human toll caused by the Flint Water Crisis.

  • Ray Kinney

    There should be a rush to investigate, not just the politics, but a lot of research by many agencies, universities, non-governmental organizations, and others. There is so much focus in the media and on blogs, in the courts, and in the community, BUT there should be major scientific research to clarify the harm done. If the people of Flint are told that they could bathe in high lead water without fear of rashes caused by doing so, and fear of additional up-take of lead, why don’t public health organizations put their focus on demonstrating the science that does, or does not, confirm that it is a safe practice, that rashes are just associated with bathing, but that the bathing does not cause the rashes? This point needs to be cleared up accurately by further science. If the current science is adequate about the risks, why don’t the authorities cite the research that confirms that? There is research that suggests that bathing in these high lead waters might be another source of additional up-take of lead. This needs to be better answered, the research that shows that bathing does not increase body burden of lead, or the rashes, must be done definitively. Public health testing needs to include ALAD -inhibition assessment, dental growth increment lead/calcium ratios, and other tools to understand the societal harms done by such exposures, and indicate how we can prevent further damage to precious people. IMHO